Ascension Athletics for June 16, 2016 _lowres

Lyle Johnson

Everybody got their money’s worth at the Rock Stadium on Friday night. It went down to the wire as Houma Christian pulled to within one point of Ascension Christian, 28-27. A missed two-point conversion decided the score as the Lions stopped Sam Trosclair short of the goal to hold on for the win.

It only took Ascension Christian (3-2) 21 seconds to open the scoring with a Brye Templet touchdown pass to Ricky Martinez. The PAT by Ian Carter was good for a 7-0 lead. The two teams swapped touchdowns for the rest of the quarter and it ended with a 14-7 Lion lead.

In the second quarter, Templet crashed the line for a 10-yard touchdown to make the score 21-7. Houma Christian (1-4) answered back with a 34-yard strike from quarterback Damien Pennison to Devin Battaglia to end the half 21-14 for the Lions.

In the third period, the teams swapped touchdowns again for a 28-21 lead for the Lions. Houma Christian pulled within a point as Damien Pennison connected with Tyler Voisin for a 10-yard score. The Lions stopped the two-point conversion and held on for the 28-27 win.

Lions quarterback Chris Middleton accounted for 200 yards of total offense as he ran for 96 yards on 15 carries, scoring two touchdowns. Middleton completed 14 of 27 passes for 104 yards.

The Lions will face the Ascension Catholic Bulldogs in their district-opening game on the road Sept. 9 with kickoff at 7 p.m.

Bulldogs fall to White Castle

The Ascension Catholic Bulldogs traveled to White Castle on Friday to face some other Bulldogs. White Castle turned out to be the big dogs in the yard as they handed Ascension Christian their fourth defeat 38-7.

The bright spot on the night for Ascension Catholic was Kaleb Winchester’s 80-yard kickoff return.

The Ascension Catholic Bulldogs (1-4, 0-2) next play the Ascension Christian Lions (3-2) in a 1A District 6 battle at 7 p.m. Friday.

West Feliciana beats Donaldsonville 45-22

Coach Benny Guil beaux’s Tigers not only lost the game 45-22 to West Feliciana but they also lost their starting quarterback Tyler Brown, who left the game in the first half with a head injury.

Things started out great as the Tigers took the opening kickoff and executed a four-play, 60-yard drive to take the lead 7-0. The big play of the drive was a 49-yard pass from then-healthy Brown to Jaylin Williams. The PAT was added by Stephen Sullivan.

The Saints would score on their next five possessions in the first half to lead the Tigers 38-7 at the half. The scores were aided by two Tiger turnovers — an interception and a recovered kickoff fumble.

Sullivan led the Tigers’ offensive attack with 115 receiving yards on six catches and 42 yards on the ground. The Tigers totaled 278 yards on offense. Backup quarterback Williams threw for two touchdowns in the fourth period as he hit Sullivan with a 39-yarder and then threw a 2-yard touchdown to Je’Mon Pleasant.

The Tigers will travel again to Port Allen to face the Pelicans for a 3A District 6 game on Friday with a 7 p.m. kickoff.

EA tops St. Charles 17-14

Things didn’t look too good for the East Ascension Spartans early on as the No. 1-ranked St. Charles Catholic Comets took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. The Spartans (2-3) took advantage of a turnover in the second quarter and brought the score to 14-7 at halftime.

After a scoreless third quarter, EA knotted the score at 14-14 in the fourth quarter and sealed the win with a late field goal.

The Spartans travel to face Catholic High for a 5A District 5 opener at 7 p.m. Friday.

Gators go to 5-0 with victory over South Terrebonne

The St. Amant Gators took a chomp out of the South Terrebonne Gators with a 48-21 victory to remain undefeated as wide receiver Briggs Bourgeois caught five passes in the first quarter that resulted in three touchdowns.

It didn’t take long for the Hayden Mallory to Bourgeois train to get started after a 10-yard scoring run by Nathan Taylor on the Gators’ first offensive series. The three touchdown connections put the other Gators (South Terrebonne, 0-5) in a 28-0 sinkhole in the first quarter that they would never climb out of.

When things sort of slowed down for St. Amant, South Terrebonne started to heat things up a little. South Terrebonne quarterback Chris Duplantis led his team on an 80-yard drive that ended up with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Max Landry. The hot play of South Terrebonne continued in the second half as they scored two more touchdowns in less than five minutes, including a 91-yard pass from Duplantis to Landry.

St. Amant found its rhythm again late as the offense went on a couple of drives that ended with two fourth-quarter scores, including a 49-yard pass from Mallory to receiver Jacob Cheatwood. Running back Mark Darby put the icing on the cake with a 15-yard run up the middle for the final touchdown.

With the win, St. Amant remains unbeaten and upped its record to 5-0 on the season. The Gators host the McKinley Panthers in their first district game on Friday with kickoff at 7 p.m. at the Pit.

Lyle Johnson covers sports for The Ascension Advocate. He can be contacted at reel man@eatel.net or ascension@theadvocate.com.